Tuesday, July 28, 2009

this is happy!

My friend Joe just got married and his wedding pictures are so happy. Which is so great, congratulations to you! I haven't met his wife but ohhh... her wedding style is so unique and refreshing. The pair are really perfectly styled, i cant get over it.  

*photography by Jill Thomas, more pics of Devon & Joe can be found here.

Monday, July 27, 2009


the good day sunshine photo group

how to join:
-click here to be brought to the page. 
-click on where it says "join this group" and follow the directions to join.  
*if you don't have a flickr account you will need to make one, then you can upload pictures and add them to the group.  if i remember correctly, it's pretty easy.

how to add a picture to the group pool:
-once you have uploaded a picture, click on it.  
-you will be taken to that pictures page.  
-on the top of the picture click where it says "send to group"
a slide down menu will appear.  
-click on the good day sunshine group. 
-a pop up will say that the photo has been added, you ckick "ok" 
-you are done!  now we can all see what you have made and can appreciate how great you are!

so, don't be bashful- join in, everyone!  add as many pictures as you want of whatever you have made, we love it all!  tell your friends- the more, the merrier!  i think this is going to be a lot of fun. 

your style...

this sweet little web site has a great quiz to help you figure out your decorating style. It's a fun site to browse around in. Apparantly my style is vintage modern with a bit of cottage chic...

Ahhh one day...

Friday, July 24, 2009

you interested?

i was thinking about starting a good day sunshine group on flickr that anyone could join and contribute photos to so we could all share crafty stuff we have made.  i am really into to browsing what other people have made, leaving comments and finding new ideas on flickr.
why not?  it's free.  it's easy to do.  and it would be purely for fun.  
are you in?

i don't want to start it and look funny being the only person contributing photos to it!  leave a yea or nay comment and let me know!

hope everyone has a happy weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

the talented mr micah smith

i have a friend named jill.  she is married to a man named micah.  together they have created two lil munchkins i adore (and have not played with at the beach for tooo long).  and as it turns out, micah is a really talented artist.  i remember back in college he made this rad painting that had all his room mates in it as well as jill with crazy hair and i think she was surfing (correct me if i am wrong jill, it's been a while!)?   i was surprised, maybe because he is a hugely tall basketball player and i didn't think that a "jock" could create such things?  how narrow minded, right?  well, micah now has a blog and is open for business.  personally, i will be ordering a love umbrella painting, when i decide what colors i like.  where he really shines is wall murals- check these out:
amazing right?  so go check out his blog. he is awesome, and if we ever buy a house, he will be painting on my walls for sure!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

tutorial tuesday

what would a weeks worth of posts from me be without highlighting a tutorial?
bags made from dishtowels- genius!  easy enough to whip up in the morning before a trip to the library in the afternoon. tutorial found here, thanks to the wonderful anna maria horner.
and i am now getting off the computer to do something crafty.  why is that so hard to do sometimes?

Monday, July 20, 2009


it's fun to hear people talk about what inspires them to make something- be it a painting, a quilt, an outfit, a song... you get my point.  there are so many "things" that inspire people.  i have been browsing an inspirations board photo pool on flickr and really want to make one myself.  i love the idea of an "inspiration wire" like the photo above, but could easily cover a wall with things that i like and make my head twirl with ideas. 

Friday, July 17, 2009

vending machine treasure

I love vending machines! I know most people think they are full of junk, and who wants to pay 25 cents for a gumball anyway? Well people, I do! Every time I pass a vending machine I have to take a gander. I love gumballs, and lots of times there are cool treasures to be found inside those little plastic capsules. 
Like these:

I recently found a toy vending machine(the kunia wal-mart for you interested Hawaii residents) that had mustaches inside!  I was so excited, and thought it was pretty funny. There were even different styles, and hair colors. I got the "cowboy". So next time you breeze by a toy vending machine, slow down, you may just find yourself a little treasure!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

portable changing pad

There are always tons of baby showers to attend, and homemade gifts are always well received. For a few of my friends baby showers I have made a handy portable changing pad. They are very useful and it is fun to have a cute one! Here is how to make one for yourself, or a friend.

Materials needed: 
12" X 21" vinyl (2) 
12" X 21" flannel (3)
bias tape (binding)

*the narrower the bias tape the more difficult it is to bind the edge of the changing pad because the vinyl is slippery.

1. Cut vinyl, and flannel pieces to size.

2. Layer the vinyl and flannel pieces; vinyl, flannel X3, vinyl. 
(I used two different colors of flannel, one for each side of the changing pad. The third piece does not show and is just to provide a little extra padding without being bulky.)

3. Pin the bias tape around the edge. 
(Use lots of pins because the vinyl slips when sewing.) 

4. Sew around the edge, and you are done!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

label love

As most of you know I LOVE to label things. I try and label most everything in my house. It keeps things organized and I like the way words look. Here is a simple way to make a boring bathroom cabinet a little more unique and interesting to the eye, with quick and easy labels.

what you need: sharpie & stencils
label away!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ice punch

If your looking for a good time, look no further! When I bought this Ice-Punch at foodland for $1.79, I had no idea the fun I would have. It was the best two bucks I ever spent. If you don't live in da kine go here to get your own Ice-Punch.

Monday, July 13, 2009

secret hideout

I found this on Oh Dee Doh, a radical blog dedicated to home, design, and children. I thought this would be easy and fun to make, and I know I would love spending time hiding out under my kitchen table!

Friday, July 10, 2009

dial up internet...

It took me about 10 minutes just to get to this point, sooo i'm cutting my post short. Have a great weekend, turn off your phones... walk away from the computer.... and get out into the real world!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

they did it... again

Leave it to Anthropologie to be so creative, that it makes you a little bit sick but mostly jealous. take a gander at their July catalog... the shadow pictures are great!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

magazine love

I have a super big crush on Readymade magazine. I was hooked as soon as I saw instructions for a clever little grass couch. You bet I have that issue in my magazine archives ready to build as soon as possible! Maybe this is old news because they have been around for a while, but even my husband likes to read it.

Monday, July 6, 2009

lovely stamps

great colors... not cheesy... love them!

find them here...

Thursday, July 2, 2009


i am left handed.  big deal right?  turns out as cool as i thought i was in elementary school for because i was different, being left handed makes things difficult at times.  take drawing with markers for instance- you should see my arm when i am done, it it a masterpiece in itself with all the colors smeared all over. 
what i really struggle with is using a rotary cutter.  you know one of these:
a fabric cutters dream, right?  not if you are left handed- the sides just don't line up well and it's frustrating.  i made up some really funky ways to cut with one but they got, well, funky.  so, i got a left handed cutter for myself ( of the gingher variety, on ebay for less than $20, in contrast to over $60 at joann's)  
and it is magic.  cutting is so much easier.  i had no idea that cutting could be so much fun.  and to think i had no idea that it existed a few months ago... hence sharing it with you.  if you are left handed, i highly recommend it! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

will ferrell's sunscreen

will farrell's sunscreen proceeds go to cancer for college, a charity that helps put cancer survivors through college.  pick up a bottle here.  the hardest part will be deciding which variety to purchase: "sexy hot tan" "sun stroke" or "forbidden fruit"  or go ahead and get the three pack. and be sure to have a good laugh at cancer as you apply.
“The bottle says it all. I’ve always dreamed of owning a lotion company. And I’ve always hated cancer.” -Will Farrell